The Come Up

The Come Up: Joey Fatts
To meet the lofty expectations of his debut album, Harlem’s A$AP Rocky called upon some of the biggest names in hip-hop to help on the project, from megastar rapper Drake to pop hit-maker Jim Jonsin. He also called upon Joey Fatts, a homeless 21-year-old who had been only making beat…
The Come Up: Black Cobain
Living a balanced lifestyle was always stressful to Black Cobain as a young man. Early in life, the DMV native was exposed to many different styles of music, as his grandparents had a palette for a wide range of sounds. The voices of Anita Baker, Michael Jackson and as far out as ACDC to Nirvana ill…
The Come Up: Skeme
Young California is thriving. Home to Nipsey Hu$$le, YG, Dom Kennedy, Iamsu! and Sage The Gemini, the West is making its way back into the top spot in hip-hop. Over the span of this year, each of these MCs has made his mark with critically acclaimed projects...
The Come Up: Boldy James
“Cities like L.A. and New York, even down south in cities like New Orleans, the wild cities where a lot of murder, drug trafficking go on, that's basically what Detroit has been all my life," says Boldy James. "It's been a place where if you don't adapt to your…
The Come Up: Vic Mensa

Photography By: Stephanie Koch
It’s been a banner year for coming up Chicago rappers as young acts like Tree, Alex Wiley, and of course Chance The Rapper have gotten national attention. Vic Mensa’s year has been a little bumpier: His band Kids These Days broke up after releasing one album (the Jeff T…
The Come Up: Young Dolph

Young Dolph isn’t quite a household name yet, but he’s on a mission to change that. The Memphis native is gaining momentum in his city, coming off the heels of rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and Yo Gotti. Dating back to 2011, Dolph has been relentless with his mixtape releases, dropping underground s…
The Come Up: Isaiah Rashad
In May, there were murmurs of TDE signing their next artist. Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad was already a buzzword in the industry before he even dropped a full project to back it up. Peter Rosenberg, who is always on point when it comes to inside information, tweeted that he met the newest signee, …
The Come Up: Alex Wiley
This June, just as Chance The Rapper's star was beginning to become blinding off the strength of his off-the-wall Acid Rap mixtape, another young kid from Chicago released his own project that existed outside of what had become the new normal of Chicago drill music...
The Come Up: Ag Da Coroner
Growing up in East New York, rapper A.G. Da Coroner has had plenty experience with death, he says. That may be why he’s so comfortable around dead bodies, whether they’re the MCs he kills figuratively on the rap battle circuit – or the actual ones lying stiff in…
The Come Up: Kidd Kidd
Kidd Kidd has been in the game for a while, but is just now starting to get the attention he deserves. The New Orleans native was once affiliated with Young Money and appeared on Lil Wayne’s platinum-selling single “Mrs. Officer.” His grind didn&CloseCurly…

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